News from the Library of Congress

July 2021

June 2021

  • June 30, 2021  (21-035)
    Joy Williams to Receive 2021 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that the 2021 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction will be awarded to Joy Williams, who is receiving the prize for a lifetime of outstanding work.One of the Library’s most prestigious awards, the annual Prize for American Fiction honors an American literary writer whose body of work is distinguished not only for its mastery of the...
    • Date: 2021-06-30
  • June 24, 2021  (21-036)
    Library of Congress to Celebrate the Return of Visitors to the Thomas Jefferson Building in July The Library of Congress will re-open its doors to visitors with free but limited timed and ticketed entry three days a week, starting on Thursday, July 15. Guests will be able to explore the spectacular Thomas Jefferson Building and several exhibits, including Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words, Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight For the Vote, Thomas Jefferson’s Library, Exploring the Early Americas,...
    • Date: 2021-06-24
  • June 22, 2021  (21-034)
    Library of Congress Announces Copyright Public Modernization Committee The Library of Congress announced today the membership of the new Copyright Public Modernization Committee (CPMC), which is being convened to enhance communication and provide a public forum for the technology-related aspects of the U.S. Copyright Office’s modernization initiative. The first CPMC meeting will be hosted by the Library on July 22, 2021.As announced in the Federal Register in February 2021, the CPMC is...
    • Date: 2021-06-22
  • June 21, 2021  (21-033)
    Library to Present 4th Annual Summer Movies on the Lawn The Library of Congress will host its fourth annual “Summer Movies on the Lawn” outdoor film festival this summer, starting on July 15. The series of five movies, which showcases iconic films from the Library’s National Film Registry, will be presented on Thursday evenings at sundown between July 15 and Aug. 12 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the...
    • Date: 2021-06-21
  • June 21, 2021  (21-030)
    New Book Explores Views of Japan Over Time through American Children's Books Beginning in the 19th century, children’s books provided American readers with their first impressions of Japan. Packed with fascinating details about daily life in a distant land, these publications often presented a mixture of facts, stereotypes and complete fabrications.“Japan and American Children’s Books: A Journey” documents the evolving portrayal of Japan in American children’s books over nearly 200 years, highlighting the shift from fanciful...
    • Date: 2021-06-21
  • June 17, 2021  (21-032)
    Renowned Digital Humanities Researchers Begin Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud Three renowned researchers in digital humanities and computer science are joining forces with the Library of Congress on three inaugural Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud projects, exploring how biblical quotations, photographic styles and “fuzzy searches” reveal more about the collections in the world’s largest Library than first meets the eye.Supported by a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded in...
    • Date: 2021-06-17
  • June 16, 2021  (21-031)
    Veterans History Project Hosts June Panel on Post-Traumatic Stress and the Healing Power of Song The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will observe Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month with a panel discussion on Wednesday, June 23, as part of a virtual program titled “Post Traumatic Stress & Music: The Healing Power of Song.”The discussion will debut at 8 p.m. ET through the Veterans History Project Facebook page where panelists and a moderator will be available to answer questions...
    • Date: 2021-06-16
  • June 9, 2021  (21-029)
    Kluge Center to Host Pillars of Democracy Series on Strengthening US Institutions A series of new events from the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, the Pillars of Democracy, will examine the challenges facing major institutions in American society. The series will debut in July and continue through May 2022.From the branches of government to religious and civic organizations, the media and political parties, key foundations of American life are less respected, less...
    • Date: 2021-06-09
  • June 8, 2021  (21-028)
    Library of Congress Acquires Audio Diaries from Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 The Library of Congress has acquired audio diaries featuring more than 200 frontline healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19, a collection that provides first-hand testimonies from hospitals and communities across the country as the public health crisis unfolded. The audio library was donated by The Nocturnists, a San Francisco-based independent medical storytelling community and podcast.The majority of the recordings were originally collected for...
    • Date: 2021-06-08
  • June 7, 2021  (21-027)
    Create Your National Book Festival Experience Over 10 Days in Multiple Formats The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival will invite audiences to create their own festival experiences from programs in a range of formats and an expanded schedule over 10 days from Sept. 17 through Sept. 26. The spectacular lineup includes authors, poets and illustrators from America and around the world.This year’s festival offers a variety of ways to access programs, allowing attendees to...
    • Date: 2021-06-07

May 2021

  • May 27, 2021  (21-026)
    New Report Examines Changes to Copyright Law for Sound Recordings Significant updates have been made to American copyright law governing music licensing and sound recordings, and these changes carry implications for libraries and archives across the country, as detailed in a new report published today by the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress.Passed by Congress in 2018, the Orrin G. Hatch — Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act constitutes some of the...
    • Date: 2021-05-27
  • May 25, 2021  (21-025)
    Library Welcomes Junior Fellows to Summer Internship Program The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of 42 undergraduate and graduate students to its Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program. The 2021 cohort marks the 30th class of Junior Fellows, a signature initiative of the Library’s since 1991.The program is being offered as a virtual internship for the second year in a row, consistent with restrictions and health guidance in response to the...
    • Date: 2021-05-25
  • May 24, 2021  (21-023)
    Library Announces Literary Series Programs for June 2021 The Library of Congress continues its series of online literary events with programs featuring author Paul Hendrickson, whose biography on Frank Lloyd Wright was created through extensive use of the Library’s collections, and Nobel Prize in Literature winner Mario Vargas Llosa in conversation with Edith Grossman, his Spanish-to-English translator.All programs will be virtual and available on the Library’s website at loc.gov/collections/event-videos/, as well as...
    • Date: 2021-05-24
  • May 20, 2021  (21-024)
    Library of Congress to Reopen Four Reading Rooms in June Please note the guidance on masks has been updated: masks will be required for researchers and visitors. Specific instructions will be provided to researchers as appointments are confirmed. Beginning on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, the Library of Congress will reopen four reading rooms to allow research access for a limited number of registered readers by appointment only, the Library announced today.This represents the first...
    • Date: 2021-05-20
  • May 12, 2021  (21-022)
    FEDLINK Awards Recognize Federal Library Community Trailblazers The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business and scholarly communities and the American public.Federal libraries and staff throughout the United States and abroad competed for the awards. The fiscal year 2020 winners...
    • Date: 2021-05-12
  • May 11, 2021  (PR 21-021)
    Library of Congress Presents Awards to Two Libraries for their Outstanding Service to Readers with Disabilities The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) at the Library of Congress today honored two of its cooperating libraries for their outstanding service to readers with visual, physical or print disabilities.The Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled in Des Moines, Iowa, received the 2020–2021 Regional Library of the Year Award, while the Bayside Area and Special Services Library...
    • Date: 2021-05-11
  • May 3, 2021  (21-020)
    'Living Nations, Living Words' Poetry Anthology Available Edited by Joy Harjo, the first Native poet to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate, “Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry” is a powerful, moving anthology that celebrates the breadth of Native poets writing today. The new anthology is published by W. W. Norton & Company in association with the Library of Congress.As Poet Laureate, Harjo has championed the voices of...
    • Date: 2021-05-03

April 2021

  • April 29, 2021  (21-019)
    Library Announces Grant Opportunity to Enhance Teaching with Primary Sources The Library of Congress today announced fiscal year 2022 Teaching with Primary Sources grant opportunities. Applications are sought from organizations that aim to incorporate Library of Congress resources into educational programs and materials for learners representing diverse professions and communities.The application deadline is May 28, 2021. For more information about the application requirements and selection criteria, see the “Teaching with Primary Sources Funding Opportunity...
    • Date: 2021-04-29
  • April 26, 2021  (21-018)
    Veterans History Project Spotlights Military Mothers with May Panel Discussion Mothers have volunteered to serve in the military since the Revolutionary War, where they held traditional roles as nurses, seamstresses or cooks and, since 2015, in designated frontline combat roles. On Thursday, May 6 at 12 p.m. EST, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) invites the public to a virtual panel titled “Motherhood and the Military” through the VHP Facebook page. The...
    • Date: 2021-04-26
  • April 15, 2021  (21-017)
    New Season of 'America Works' Podcast Celebrates Resiliency of American Workforce The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is bringing more workers’ voices from around the country to listeners with the second season of “America Works,” a podcast series celebrating the diversity, resilience and creativity of the American workforce during a time of economic challenge and transition.Each 10-minute episode of “America Works” introduces listeners to an individual worker whose first-person narrative adds to...
    • Date: 2021-04-15

March 2021

  • March 24, 2021  (21-015)
    National Recording Registry Adds 'Rhythm Nation' Among 25 New Selections Janet Jackson’s clarion call for action and healing in “Rhythm Nation 1814” now joins other groundbreaking sounds of history and culture among the latest titles inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, including Louis Armstrong’s “When the Saints Go Marching In,” Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade,” Nas’ “Illmatic,” Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration,” and Kermit the Frog’s “The Rainbow Connection.”Librarian of Congress...
    • Date: 2021-03-24
  • March 23, 2021  (21-011)
    Library Debuts New Video Series for 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival The Library of Congress celebrates the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival by debuting a new video series that highlights both historic and contemporary traditions of springtime flower viewing. “Cherry Blossom Viewing over the Centuries” features three short films that showcase a stunning variety of artifacts from Library collections, including watercolor drawings, colorful woodblock prints, vintage photos and beautifully designed posters from Japanese and American...
    • Date: 2021-03-23
  • March 18, 2021  (21-016)
    Library Announces Literary Series Programs for Spring 2021 The Library of Congress continues its series of diverse literary events with two-time Pulitzer winner Colson Whitehead; Oscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o; a celebration of the world-renowned comic book artist, writer, editor and DC Comics publisher Jim Lee for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month; and a three-part feature on “the talk” – the conversation parents have with their children about race.All programs will be virtual and...
    • Date: 2021-03-18
  • March 11, 2021  (21-014)
    Veterans History Project Highlights Farming as Viable Career Path with Two Panels in March The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will host two panels to highlight farming as a viable career path for veterans transitioning to civilian life and to introduce programs that support those who pursue farming.The events, focused on the benefits and challenges of farming in urban and rural settings, will premiere on the VHP’s Facebook page. Panelists and moderators will be available to...
    • Date: 2021-03-11
  • March 2, 2021  (21-010)
    Library of Congress Builds New Collections Documenting COVID-19 Pandemic As the world marks the one-year anniversary of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Library of Congress has been collecting materials and documenting this time in history through a variety of initiatives.The Library’s rapid-response collecting since the start of lockdowns and social distancing measures over the past year has included acquiring photographs that document the pandemic’s impact on individuals and communities, capturing artists’ responses to...
    • Date: 2021-03-02
  • March 1, 2021  (21-012)
    Biography Brings Life of Photographer Russell Lee Out of the Shadows, Drawing on Library's Photography Archive His photographs are mainstays in popular culture: The iconic shot of a young Black man drinking from a water cooler marked “colored” was featured in Stephen Colbert’s June 1, 2020, “Late Show” monologue on racial injustice. Millions of “Cheers” viewers saw his photo of cheerful patrons in a Depression-era Minnesota saloon in the opening credits. Microsoft offered his 1939 photo of a Texas couple...
    • Date: 2021-03-01

February 2021

  • February 25, 2021  (21-013)
    The Library of Congress and The Better Angels Society Open Submissions for Third Annual Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film The Library of Congress, The Better Angels Society and the Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation today announced that entries are being accepted for the third annual Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, which recognizes exemplary accomplishment in historical documentaries.The award, which was established in 2019, recognizes one late-stage documentary that uses original research and compelling narrative to tell stories that bring American history...
    • Date: 2021-02-25
  • February 24, 2021  (21-007)
    Library Acquires Courtroom Sketches of Trials on Police Brutality Against Rodney King The Library of Congress has acquired more than 200 sketches of the Rodney King police brutality trials against four Los Angeles police officers in the 1990s, drawn by courtroom sketch artist Mary Chaney (1927-2005).Rodney Glen King (1965-2012) was an unarmed African-American man savagely beaten by four white police officers on March 3, 1991, after leading them on a nighttime high-speed chase during his arrest...
    • Date: 2021-02-24
  • February 19, 2021  (21-008)
    Library Announces Spring Concert Programming for 2020-2021 Season The Library of Congress will continue its critically acclaimed season of Concerts from the Library of Congress with an offering of virtual concerts, interviews and conversations with artists and composers, lectures, curator talks and educational programs. This spring’s events include dazzling performances and presentations in classical music, jazz and dance.Consistent with social distancing and safety protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season...
    • Date: 2021-02-19
  • February 18, 2021  (21-009)
    Kluge Prize Honoree Danielle Allen Launches Campaign for Civic Strength A series of new events exploring ideas and actions to strengthen America’s democracy will debut in March, April and May with the launch of Our Common Purpose: A Campaign for Civic Strength at the Library of Congress. The initiative is created and hosted by Danielle Allen, who was awarded the 2020 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity.This new campaign...
    • Date: 2021-02-18
  • February 11, 2021  (21-006)
    Private Library Containing Rare Books by Important Authors, Artists Donated to Library of Congress with Endowment for Programs The Library of Congress has acquired the Aramont Library, a collection of rare books from some of the most prolific authors and artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. The gift by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous marks the first time the Aramont Library has been made available to the public.To enhance the Aramont collection’s accessibility to the general public, the donor...
    • Date: 2021-02-11
  • February 5, 2021  (21-005)
    Library of Congress Accepting Applications for Copyright Public Modernization Committee The Library of Congress announced this week that it is convening a public committee to enhance communication with external stakeholders about the technology-related aspects of the U.S. Copyright Office’s ongoing modernization initiative. Applications from qualified members of the public who would like to serve on the committee are being accepted through March 15, 2021. The announcement was published in the Federal Register.The committee will...
    • Date: 2021-02-05
  • February 4, 2021  (21-004)
    Library Announces Literary Series Programs for February, March 2021 Important new books on Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt and on humanity’s inclination to war will headline the winter literary season of the Library of Congress. The Library will also feature a conversation with the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a symposium on diversity in books for young people.All programs will be virtual and premiere on the Library's Facebook...
    • Date: 2021-02-04

January 2021

  • January 27, 2021  (21-002)
    Library of Congress Enriches America's Story by Connecting with Minority Communities, Funded by $15M Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant The Library of Congress today announced a new, multiyear initiative to connect more deeply with Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and other minority communities by expanding its collections, using technology to enable storytelling and offering more internship and fellowship opportunities, supported by a $15 million investment from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.The new initiative, Of the People: Widening the Path, creates new opportunities for more Americans...
    • Date: 2021-01-27
  • January 25, 2021  (21-003)
    William Farquhar Correspondence and Other 19th Century Malay Letters Now Online at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress today announced the digitization of 46 Malay letters from the 19th century, mainly from Malay kings and Southeast Asian notables to William Farquhar, a pioneering British colonial administrator in Singapore (1819-1823), providing online access to an important resource on the founding of that country.The digitization comes ahead of the 202nd anniversary of the signing of the Singapore Treaty, which greenlighted...
    • Date: 2021-01-25
  • January 15, 2021  (21-001)
    Library of Congress Accepting Applications for 2021 Literacy Awards Until March 5 Applications are being accepted for the 2021 Library of Congress Literacy Awards from Jan. 15 to March 5. The awards are made possible through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.The Literacy Awards — established by the Library of Congress and Rubenstein — were first conferred in 2013 to honor and support organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and abroad....
    • Date: 2021-01-15

December 2020

  • December 21, 2020  (20-083)
    Library of Congress Opens Award Nominations for Outstanding Federal Libraries, Librarians, Technicians To honor the innovations and successes of federal libraries, librarians and library technicians in meeting the information demands of government, businesses, scholarly communities and the public, the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) in the Library of Congress has opened nominations for its national awards for federal librarianship in fiscal year 2020.For nomination materials, visit the awards section of the FEDLINK website or send...
    • Date: 2020-12-21
  • December 18, 2020  (20-086)
    Library of Congress Announces 2021 Librarians-in-Residence Program The Library of Congress has announced the 2021 Librarians-in-Residence program to offer early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding and sharing the institution’s vast collections. Applications for the program will be accepted from Dec. 18, 2020 to Jan. 22, 2021.The Library will select up to seven applicants for a six-month residency to begin in June 2021. The...
    • Date: 2020-12-18
  • December 17, 2020  (20-085)
    Library of Congress Completes Digitization of 23 Early Presidential Collections The Library of Congress has completed a more than two decade-long initiative to digitize the papers of nearly two dozen early presidents. The Library holds the papers of 23 presidents from George Washington to Calvin Coolidge, all of which have been digitized and are now available online.The Library plans to highlight each presidential collection on social media in the weeks leading up to the...
    • Date: 2020-12-17
  • December 16, 2020  (20-084)
    Library of Congress Appoints New Chief of Research and Reference Services Division The Library of Congress has appointed Dennis Clark as chief of the Research and Reference Services Division. Clark brings more than 22 years’ experience as an administrator and librarian to the Library, where he will lead public research services, onsite and online user engagement and the development of the majority of the 30 million items in the Library’s General Collections.Clark has been responsible for...
    • Date: 2020-12-16
  • December 15, 2020  (20-087)
    Copyright Office Launches Copyright Public Records System Pilot The U.S. Copyright Office today launched a public pilot of its new Copyright Public Records System (CPRS), which has been developed from the ground up to provide easier access and a stronger user interface for copyright records, including registrations, recordation, and other data. The new public record portal is the first component of the Enterprise Copyright System (ECS) to be openly released.Designed using extensive...
    • Date: 2020-12-15
  • December 14, 2020  (20-082)
    National Film Registry Spotlights Diverse Filmmakers in New Selections Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. These films range from the innovative silent film “Suspense,” which was co-directed by a woman in 1913, and Sidney Poitier’s Oscar-winning performance in 1963’s “Lilies of the Field” to the 1978 mega-hit musical...
    • Date: 2020-12-14
  • December 8, 2020  (20-081)
    GPO and Library of Congress Release Ten Years of Legislative Data on Govinfo The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) in partnership with the Library of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate has released 10 additional years of bill status XML bulk data on govinfo. Bill status information, created by the Library of Congress and Congress, describes the activities and status steps for each legislative measure. The original project started at the direction of the House...
    • Date: 2020-12-08
  • December 3, 2020  (20-080)
    Library Awards Bobbitt Poetry Prizes to Terrance Hayes and Natasha Trethewey The Library of Congress will award the 2020 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry to Terrance Hayes, for his book “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin,” and to former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey for lifetime achievement.The poets will receive their honors during a virtual ceremony Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. ET on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and...
    • Date: 2020-12-03
  • December 2, 2020  (20-079)
    Dwight D. Opperman Foundation Gives $1M to Reimagine Visitor Experience at Library of Congress The Dwight D. Opperman Foundation is donating $1 million to reimagine and enhance the visitor experience at the Library of Congress with a new orientation gallery, exhibitions and learning lab, the Library announced today.The Phoenix-based foundation’s donation to support design and construction of the Library’s visitor experience is one of several major gifts to the project in 2020 and was announced just after Giving...
    • Date: 2020-12-02

November 2020

  • November 24, 2020  (20-078)
    Behind the Book, a New Event Series, Takes Public Inside the World of American Publishing If you have ever wondered how a book goes from rough manuscript to published masterpiece and an author from obscurity to fame, then a new series of programs from the Library of Congress is just for you.The new series, Behind the Book, provides a behind-the-scenes view of the world of American book publishing — the editors, designers, publicists, agents and publishers who make the...
    • Date: 2020-11-24
  • November 19, 2020  (20-075)
    Joy Harjo Appointed to Third Term as U.S. Poet Laureate Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced the appointment of U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to a third term, making Harjo the second laureate to receive this extension since terms for the position were established in 1943.Harjo’s third term, to begin in September 2021, will offer her an opportunity to complete projects and programs whose timelines continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,...
    • Date: 2020-11-19